Former Houston coach Rick Adelman has been hired as the new coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Monday that two league sources have reported that , who was fired after last season.
Adelman, 65, directed the Rockets to winning records each of his four seasons. His last two teams failed to make the playoffs, leading to his contract not be renewed after the 2010-11 season.
During a 20-season coaching history for four NBA teams, Adelman directed his teams to a 945-616 record. He earlier coached Portland, Golden State and Sacramento, leading the Trail Blazers to the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992.
Adelman is a veteran coaching with a deep history around the league. He inherits a growing young team led by forwards Kevin Love and Michael Beasley. But working with rookie point guard Ricky Rubio could test his patience.